Thu.Apr 11, 2024

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Beyond the Plate: Evolution and Exploration in the 2024 Restaurant Scene

Modern Restaurant Management

The year 2024 promises a journey of adaptation and fierce competition for the restaurant industry as it manages stronger-than-expected economic data and slowing inflation while dealing with the headwinds of short labor supply, more demanding customers and an uncertain political environment. Brands find themselves at a pivotal juncture, where they have the opportunity to both captivate customers and secure their loyalty through a thoughtful blend of innovation and tradition.

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Podcast: Tips and Tactics to Achieve Inventory Management Excellence

Sculpture Hospitality

We're thrilled to share with you a must-listen (or watch) resource for anyone in the hospitality industry looking to elevate their inventory management game.

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Yelp Data Reveals Fastest Growing Brands

Modern Restaurant Management

The comeback of the food court and the impact of small treats were among the trends uncovered in Yelp’s first-ever Fastest Growing Brands report , which ranks brands that are growing the fastest on and off of Yelp. The top five food businesses that saw increases in consumer interest are: CAVA: +54 percent Scooter’s Coffee: +51 percent LongHorn Steakhouse: +38 percent The Habit Burger Grill: +29 percent Wawa: +88 percent The list highlights Challenger brands, which are not market leaders but a

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EPA Sets Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water

Food Quality & Safety

On April 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented first-ever restrictions on the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances in drinking water, a pivotal move in shielding public well-being from waterborne hazards. EPA’s cap target six PFAS compounds, including two of the oldest and most widespread PFAS—PFOA and PFOS—at 4 parts per trillion.

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First Kimpton Opening Planned in Lisbon, Portugal

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the signing of Kimpton Lisbon, the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in the Portuguese capital. Set to open its doors in early 2025, the boutique luxury hotel marks the second Kimpton to come to Portugal, following the signing of Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico in late 2023.

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Review and Update of Methods for Metals Analysis in Foods

Food Safety Magazine

AOAC INTERNATIONAL's metals scientific community has formed a working group to review regulations and requirements for metals content in food, and to update the AOAC Standard Method Performance Requirements for metals analysis. The working group is also reviewing existing methods based on Codex Alimentarius requirements for metals analysis.

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T&S Brass Enters New Era of Leadership

Foodservice Equipment Reports

S Brass and Bronze Works has made several changes to its leadership team. The updates mark a “significant milestone in the company’s trajectory,” the release states. Details include the following: Earlier this month, T&S Brass shared it appointed two professionals to its sales team within the foodservice division.

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Aligned Hospitality Management Expands Portfolio with Milestone 25th Property, The M Solvang in California

Hospitality Net

Aligned Hospitality Management, a leading third-party hotel management company, continues its impressive growth by adding The M Solvang to its esteemed portfolio. This marks the company’s 25th property and its inaugural venture into the diverse California market.

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Elevated Levels of PFAS, Dioxins Found in Food, Water Near European Waste Incineration Facilities

Food Safety Magazine

New studies published by Zero Waste Europe and the ToxicoWatch Foundation point to high levels of persistent organic pollutants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and dioxins in food and water sampled from the areas surrounding waste incinerator facilities in Europe.

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IHG Partners with China UnionPay, Pioneering a New Era of Digital Payments in the Hotel Industry

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts announces a strategic partnership with China UnionPay that offers a new level of digital convenience for travellers in Greater China. Through this partnership, holders of both domestically and internationally issued UnionPay credit cards can now complete pre-authorization without card presence for online reservations through IHG’s direct channels, such as the IHG APP and WeChat mini-program.

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Service Provider Brings HVAC Repair to More Markets

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Smart Care customers in three areas can now turn to the service provider for more equipment needs. The Chicago-based company, which has more than 1,500 techs and operates in all 50 states, is now offering HVAC repair and maintenance in Richmond, Va., as well as Miami and Orlando, Fla. Previously, technicians in those regions had solely serviced commercial foodservice and refrigeration equipment.

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The 2024 Hotel Forecast: Elevating Guest Experiences Through AI and Human Synergy

Hospitality Net

My fellow hoteliers, the future of our industry is upon us, and it is one marked by the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI). As we look ahead to the hotel landscape of 2024, I am excited to share with you a vision that will elevate guest experiences like never before - through the synergy of AI and the human touch.

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The way Gen Z eats, thinks and feels informs new wellness series at UPenn

FoodService Director

Bon Appetit’s new Dine Well, Eat Smart monthly takeover series taps into the college-age generation’s wants and needs, from lowering their carbon footprint, to elevating their mood, all in a chill, low-key manner.

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Grand Hyatt Barcelona has chosen Wifirst to create a brand new connectivity journey

Hospitality Net

The Grand Hyatt Barcelona, through a local agreement, has chosen Wifirst for the deployment and management of a new WiFi infrastructure as part of the transformation of this Barcelona gem situated in the heart of Avenida Diagonal. The Grand Hyatt Barcelona now embodies a perfect fusion of refinement, elegance, but also technology avant-garde.

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Consumer Reports Finds High Levels of Heavy Metals in Certain Lunchables Provided to Schools

Food Quality & Safety

Consumer Reports (CR) has called on USDA to remove certain Lunchables food kits from the National School Lunch Program due to high levels of sodium and heavy metals found in the products. USDA currently allows two Lunchables kits—Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers and Extra Cheesy Pizza—to be served to nearly 30 million children through the National School Lunch Program.

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Fall 2024 Opening for Three Waters Resort & Marina, Islamorada

Hospitality Net

Three Waters Resort & Marina, a Tribute Portfolio Resort in the Florida Keys, will open its doors in Fall 2024. This new upscale resort will elevate the guest experience and become the crown jewel for the Islamorada Resort Collection, which also includes the beloved Amara Cay Resort and La Siesta Resort & Villas. Offering an energizing escape in the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World," Three Waters Resort & Marina spans 15 acres of oceanfront property and will feature 214 chic, island-inspired

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Consumer Reports calls on USDA to remove Lunchables products from school meals after finding heavy metals in store-bought versions

FoodService Director

The watchdog group also found that Lunchables products served under the National School Lunch Program had higher levels of sodium than their grocery store counterparts.

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Mews Unfold 2024 is ready to set the agenda for hospitality’s future

Hospitality Net

Mews, the industry-leading hospitality cloud and winner of Best PMS at the HotelTechAwards 2024, has revealed the details for its annual hospitality tech forum, Mews Unfold.

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EU Considering Bisphenol Ban in Food Packaging Based on Nontraditional Risk Assessment; Scientists Show Support

Food Safety Magazine

As the EU is considering a ban on bisphenol A (BPA) and its analogues in food packaging based on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) recent lowering of its tolerable daily intake (TDI) for the chemical, an international group of academic experts has penned their support for EFSA’s nontraditional risk assessment behind the new BPA TDI, and call on other regulatory agencies around the globe to modernize their risk assessment approaches of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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Synching RMS, CRS, and Distribution for Pricing Precision

Hospitality Net

Introduction - You have the best pricing strategy in place. You have even implemented pricing automation. Last edition we talked about it. The power or AI; Machine learning and how it is imperative to maintain market share and profitability. Having a powerful RMS is not enough. You also need a reliable central reservation system (CRS) that can distribute your rates and inventory across all your online and offline channels, ensuring consistency and accuracy.

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These 8 trends are moving menus forward around the world

FoodService Director

Future Menus 2024 identifies the top forces shaping today’s global food scene to push chefs ahead of the culinary curve.

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Sky Rock Sedona, Tribute Hotel By Marriott, Debuts As Sedona’s Newest Boutique Hotel

Hospitality Net

Sky Rock Sedona officially announces today its debut following an extensive property-wide transformation and transition to a Tribute Portfolio hotel by Marriott. Managed by Remington Hospitality, the 109-room boutique hotel and buzzy dining hotspot, Bar WooWoo, joins Tribute Portfolio’s growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike.

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PFAS Litigation and FDA Updates for the Food Industry

Food Safety Magazine

In evaluating the thousands of existing PFAS compounds and at what level they present a risk to the health of humans and animals, FDA, USDA, CPSC, and EPA are focusing on three issues: bioaccumulation, persistence, and toxicity.

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New Travel Study Examines The Power And Lure Of Tomorrow’s Cruise Line Passenger

Hospitality Net

As the global cruise industry gathers in Miami this week, three powerhouse travel brands have partnered together to unveil a first-of-its-kind research study examining a coveted audience: the first-time cruiser. Entitled From Shore to Ship: Attracting the Next Wave of Cruisers, the U.S. edition of the study was released today by the [link] target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in partnership with [link] target="_blank" rel="noopener">MMGY Global and [link]

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Rapid Testing Methods—The Future

Food Safety Magazine

Part 3 of this Food Safety Insights series on rapid testing asks food safety professionals whether the vast increase in outsourcing of testing to contract labs has made rapid methods less useful, or if the methods' ease of use and speed are still important for better management and decision-making.

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Caption by Hyatt Chattanooga, Developed by 3H Group, Inc., Breaks Ground

Hospitality Net

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) celebrates the groundbreaking of Caption by Hyatt Chattanooga in Tennessee, set to open in early 2026. Developed by 3H Group Inc. under a franchise agreement with Hyatt, the hotel in Chattanooga will uniquely combine the design and comfort of an upscale, lifestyle hotel with the self-activation capabilities of a select-service property.

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**ICYMI** YOU CAN WATCH IT HERE - RTN AI SHARE GROUP

Restaurant Technology Network

Come watch as Angela Diffly, Co-Founder of RTN, hosts a lively discussion with restaurant technology stakeholders who share ideas and explore various AI / ML real-world applications.

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NUSA My Ozone and Kempinski Hotels Introduce Kempinski Hotel & Residences Khao Yai

Hospitality Net

Nusa My Ozone, celebrated for crafting Thailand’s premier luxury destinations, proudly announces a landmark collaboration with Kempinski Hotels, a global icon in hospitality. Together, they unveil the exquisite Kempinski Hotel & Residences Khao Yai nestled within the enchanting embrace of Nusa My Ozone in Khao Yai. This dynamic partnership heralds a new era of luxury living in Thailand, blending Nusa’s expertise in curating transformative experiences with Kempinski’s distinguished legacy of exce

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The 8 Best Water Testing Kits of 2024

FMT Magazine

BUTTON Visit The Spruce’s homepage Open search form Enter your search termAd We independently evaluate all recommended products and services. If you click on links we provide, we may receive compensation. Learn more. WHAT TO BUY HOME IMPROVEMENT REVIEWS TOOLS The 8 Best Water Testing Kits of 2024 Ensure your water’s safety with these top kits Sage McHugh By SAGE MCHUGH Updated on 03/06/24 Fact checked by RICHARD SCHERR Varify water test on orange background The Spruce / Amelia Manley A wat

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U.S. hotel results for week ending 6 April

Hospitality Net

U.S. hotel performance showed mixed results from the previous week but positive comparisons year over year, according to CoStar’s latest data through 6 April. CoStar is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the property markets.

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Amul Dairy Commissioned two Advanced SIG filling lines for Aseptic Carton Packs

FMT Magazine

Amul, India’s largest dairy brand, has officially celebrated the commissioning of two advanced SIG filling machines for aseptic carton packs in its Kheda Satellite Dairy plant in Khatraj, Gujarat. With this, the dairy co-operative is increasing its filling capacity and striving to seize new market opportunities. With the commissioning of the two additional SIG filling machines, an SIG Slimline 12 Aseptic and an SIG XSlim 24 Aseptic, the total number of SIG filling lines at Amul has now reached f